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Francis Ngannou, not for the first time, is frustrated.

The UFC heavyweight has found himself on the sidelines for extended periods on more than one occasion over the past few years, none of which come down to himself. Ngannou is inarguably the number one contender, but for one reason or another has yet to see himself step in the Octagon to go for gold for a second time.

Most of the issue can be found in the UFC’s booking of a trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier and champion Stipe Miocic, a move that put Ngannou on hold for a year while the title picture played out. Now, although Ngannou is fresh and ready to go, it appears the knockout behemoth has heard the champ isn’t available until next year — leaving him pissed off and inactive.

“Apparently Stipe is out until March. If I have to wait until then it’ll be almost another year between fights,” Ngannou wrote on his social media. “2 title fights in the @ufc heavyweight division for the past two years and yet we don’t know if there will be another one anytime soon. Contenders have to fight for something. I fought once for 20 seconds in the last 16 months.”

Ngannou was last seen at UFC 249 in May, where he knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds.